Nuits-Saint-Georges, Burgundy, France
Jean-Claude Boisset is a family-owned wine company founded in 1961. Jean-Claude’s first parcel of land was located in Gevrey-Chambertin and today the company is based in Les Ursulines, a former convent in Nuits-Saint-Georges, and run by his children Jean-Charles and Nathalie. In 2018, they opened a new state-of-the-art winery, which reflects their modern, technical approach to winemaking.
In 2002, Jean-Charles recruited Grégory Patriat, who had previously worked at the legendary Vosne-Romanée producer Domaine Leroy, to revitalise and reinvent the house. He transformed Boisset into a ‘viniculteur’, working closely with the growers, guiding the wines from vine to bottle to achieve the desired quality. Grégory is renowned for his ingenuity insourcing the highest quality fruit from small parcels, or ‘lieu-dits’, across the region, producing the finest wine that the vintage can offer. In order to create concentrated, beautifully well-rounded wines which are naturally expressive of their individual appellation, Grégory practises minimal intervention winemaking. Each plot is picked separately and hand sorted to ensure optimal maturity. Sulphite levels are low and the wines are fermented exclusively by natural yeasts, with rarely more than 30% new oak used on a wine.
Grégory’s skill and his innovative methods are reflected in Boisset’s award-winning wines, which hold no fewer than 74 medals and five trophies from prestigious competitions over the past five years. Three new wines have joined the range, including Grégory’s first Fixin Blanc, which comes from a tiny plot within the very small Fixin appellation. Meursault ‘Le Limozin’ is a small lieu-dit (measuring just 0.9 hectares) nestled in a favourable location between two Meursault Premier Crus, ‘Les Genevrières’ and ‘Les Charmes’. Grégory sources his Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru from 0.15 ha of 50 year old vines. It is an alluring golden yellow in the glass, with aromas of citrus fruit, white flowers and mineral notes. The palate is richly textured with complex, layered flavours, underpinned by a striking backbone of acidity. An impressive wine made in minute quantities. The vines are 40 years old and located beneath the famous 1er Cru ‘Clos du Chapitre’ on clay and limestone soils. His ‘pièce de résistance’ is the Clos de la Roche, which has won a gold medal and at least one trophy at the International Wine Challenge for the past five years running. The quality of these wines, across the range and through the different price points, is remarkably good.